THRIVHER INTERVIEW: CHRISTINA HEMBO

Updated: May 21, 2018


Thrivher Achievements:

Created the company Christina Jewelry & Watches and formerly owned the Danish cycling team Christina Watches.


Prizes awarded from the Danish 'IVÆKST' awards:

  • 2008 - Female Entrepreneur of the Year

  • 2009 - Growth Adventure of the Year

  • 2010 - Female business Owner of the Year



Current professional job title:

Owner and designer of Christina Jewelry & Watches.



Thrivher dive:

  • Can't start the day without: Hugs from my children and husband and my coffee.

  • Most efficient time of day: From when I wake up until I go to bed, I love my work!

  • Most effective productivity tool: My Wacom drawing board.

  • Best read is Napoleon Hill´s 17 points of Success, if you live your life by these points – you will have a very successful life, no matter who you are.

  • Non-negotiable: My family and friends.

  • TOP music track that sets my heart on fire: “California dreaming” and “It's Raining Men”!

  • Mindfulness habit: Running, I love running, not long distance, only 5 km, but these 5 km gives me so much energy, fresh air and meditation.

  • Most afraid of: Darkness in everything, in nature and in people.



THRIVHER MOVES:


What was your first job before getting on your career path?

My first job was at a bakery then when I turned 18 I got a job at a gas station. That was actually a really nice job because I was left alone - I felt that I was in charge of this big gas station and everybody who came and visited.


What early steps did you take to get you on your career path?

After I took a three-year degree at a business school in Denmark, I went on a trip around the world for 6 months with a friend. That was really great and was just what I needed after intense study. When I came home, I didn't really know what I wanted to do, and I still wanted to travel. So I went to Munich, where I got a job in a store. I worked there for one year just to get my thoughts together, and to ask myself what it is that I really want with my life and where I could see myself.


I worked there for one year just to get my thoughts together, and to ask myself what it is that I really want with my life and where I could see myself.

I then went back to Denmark and did a year in a graphic design course and I really, really loved it. I decided I had a goal - to complete a graphic design degree, and I wanted to travel some more, so I decided on England. London seemed too big for me at the time so I moved to Southampton for the final two years of the course. From there, my dream was (of course) to find some kind of design job. I was quite sure that I wanted to go in a creative direction, not necessarily graphic design, but that was a good start, and for me, it was important to have a good education.


How did you go from studying to owning a successful jewelry company?

I went to visit London for 3 days with my friends from Denmark. We were walking along the street in the middle of the day, and we were talking in Danish of course. Suddenly there was a guy who stopped us, because he was also Danish, "Oh, hello! we're from Denmark also", that was actually Claus (my now husband) and his friends who we bumped into. It was funny to meet some Danish guys in London, so we went into a pub that was called ‘Spice of Life’, and that was the start of my relationship with Claus and what later led us to create the company ‘